Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Bersani gets govt-formation mandate

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Rome, March 22 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano on Friday handed Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier
Luigi Bersani a mandate to try to form a government.
Bersani, whose centre-left alliance has a majority in the
House but not the Senate, would be Italy's second ex-Communist
premier if he succeeds in mustering enough support in the upper
house after last month's inconclusive elections produced a hung
parliament.
Napolitano, who has insisted on the need to avoid another
snap vote, said Italy now needs "a strong spirit of national
cohesion" amid this "difficult situation".
Bersani has been trying to reach out to the former-comedian
Beppe Grillo's 5-Star Movement (M5S), even though Grillo
considers the PD part of a corrupt, malfunctioning system.
Democratic Party leaders on Thursday continued to refuse a
broad coalition involving ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi and his
center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party during meetings with
Napolitano.
"There is neither a plan B, nor a plan A...I took our
reflections and I respect the role of the president to tell us
how to get out of this difficult situation," Bersani said.
On Thursday, the head of state met first with M5S leader
Grillo, whose anti-establishment group holds the balance of
power in parliament after capturing a huge protest vote.
Napolitano later met with Berlusconi and his centre-right
coalition, who said it supported a coalition government with the
PD but not if the PD claimed the premiership.
Grillo said Thursday that the M5S would not support the
current makeup of the parliament and would only vote for bills
that fit with their platform.
In meetings with Napolitano, representatives from his party
said they wanted the premiership or control over two important
parliamentary commissions, one that oversees state broadcaster
RAI, the other, COPASIR, which oversees the secret service.
"We, the Democratic Party are the number-one force in this
country, no matter what anyone says and we are the leading
coalition," Bersani said.
"Now we need some time" for the birth of the new
government and that takes the "co-responsibility of all
political forces," the PD leader concluded.

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